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Veterans show a 50 percent reduction in PTSD symptoms after 8 weeks of Transcendental Meditation
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31 May 2011
On 31 May 2011 Breakthrough Digest - Medical News reported:
Veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars showed a 50 percent reduction in their symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after just eight weeks of practicing the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique, according to a pilot study published in the June 2011 issue of Military Medicine (Volume 176, Number 6).
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The study evaluated five veterans, ages 25- to 40-years-old, who had served in Iraq, Afghanistan, or both from 10 months to two years involving moderate or heavy moderate combat.
The study found that Transcendental Meditation produced significant reductions in stress and depression, and marked improvements in relationships and overall quality of life. Furthermore, the authors reported that the technique was easy to perform and was well accepted by the veterans. The Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) was the primary measure for assessing the effectiveness of TM practice on PTSD symptoms.
'Even though the number of veterans in this study was small, the results were very impressive,' said the paper's senior researcher, Norman Rosenthal, M.D. 'These young men were in extreme distress as a direct result of trauma suffered during combat, and the simple and effortless Transcendental Meditation technique literally transformed their lives.'
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Dr Rosenthal is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School and the author of the new book, Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation (Tarcher Penguin, released June 2, 2011).
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